Poole’s main artistic venue is finally set to reopen its doors!
Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, has announced when it hopes to reopen to the public. The theatre will open its doors on Tuesday 15th September, six months to the day since it closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Theatre executives advise that the initial reopening will be limited, consisting of the cinema, the Beacon Café, the ticket office and some behind-closed-doors rehearsals, courses and classes. In addition, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is expected to start rehearsing in the concert hall again. During this time, Lighthouse will dedicate its time to developing a pop-up film studio, in which digital content can be created for concerts and other performances.
“We’re thrilled and delighted to be able to welcome back even a few of our regular users to this wonderful building that we have all missed so much,” Lighthouse Chief Executive Elspeth McBain said. “Our small team has been working incredibly hard behind the scenes to be ready for this happy day when we can open our doors again and get the lights back on.
“This is just the first step and it feels like a giant leap forward, but until we get clear guidance from government it is impossible to say when we can welcome back audiences to live performances. We remain hopeful that this will be sometime this year.”
Dougie Scarfe, Chief Executive of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, added:
“We are delighted that Lighthouse, our home venue and the place in which we create, rehearse and perform our work is to reopen in September. This wonderful news enables the BSO to finalise plans to bring live music back to our audiences and communities who have missed us so much.”
Since its closure in March, Lighthouse has been delivering creative content online, commissioning small pieces of work from local artists and maintaining its community engagement projects.
This month, it received an emergency grant of £255,038 from Arts Council England, which Elspeth called “a lifeline” that will keep the business afloat until the autumn. However, Lighthouse is still awaiting details of how the government’s £1.57 billion rescue package for arts and culture will apply.
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